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  • India to tour Zimbabwe next month for limited over matches

    first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club. File Photo of Indian cricket team at a training session at the Harare Sports Club.   –  Reuters May 03, 2016 × Published on Zimbabwe will host India for three one-day internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 matches in June, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club with the ODIs scheduled to be played between June 11-15 and the Twenty20s between June 18-22.“After finalising all the formalities with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), we are pleased to announce the incoming tour scheduled for this June,” Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said in a statement.India have been regular travellers to Zimbabwe in recent seasons with three previous tours since 2010, including last year, all featuring limited-overs matches. SHARE All the matches will be played at Harare Sports Club. File Photo of Indian cricket team at a training session at the Harare Sports Club.   –  Reuters cricket COMMENTlast_img read more

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  • Pakistan’s ouster from Junior Hockey World Cup pre-planned: PHF

    first_imgThe Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has lashed out at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) move to bar the country from taking part in the Junior Hockey World Cup, terming it “pre-planned”.The FIH on Monday night issued a statement confirming Pakistan’s inability to participate in the event in Lucknow from December 8.It said that the Pakistani players had not submitted travel documents before the official deadline. (Pakistan not to participate in Junior Hockey World Cup in India)The FIH also named Malaysia as a replacement for Pakistan to take part in the tournament to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.However, terming the move as “pre-planned”, PHF Secretary Shehbaz Ahmed shifted the blame on India.”Pakistan did not delay any schedule obligation and it is all India’s fault to not issue visa to Pakistan’s delegation before deadline,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.”Our government had timely issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for players to take part in the tournament, but it is sad that Pakistan will not be able to take part in the Junior Hockey World Cup.””We had planned training camps for our players so how can we delay any schedule to jeopardise our participation,” he maintained.”I had already seen it coming that this decision by FIH is going to go against Pakistan,” Ahmed added.last_img read more

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  • Manpreet Singh’s special gift from Tony Abbott for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: A friendship bat

    first_imgThese days if you just happen to wait outside the Parliament, there is a fair chance of meeting an immaculately dressed young Sikh gentleman walking around with a framed bat. His ultimate mission is to reach the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and give the bat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi “personally.” However, stopped by Kalashnikov-toting soldiers in the country’s most secured zone, the closest point he has been able to get to in South Block remains Vijay Chowk.   Indeed, as the security guys too found out, the bat Manpreet Singh “from Sydney” is carrying is rather special. It has been sent by Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister of Australia. Yes, the same man who took Modi on a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2014.  Abbott is no longer the Australian Prime Minister but the friendship between the two leaders – they famously addressed each other by their first names in 2014 – remains intact. So, the latest ‘to-Narendra-from-Tony’ gift is a special MS Dhoni series bat with a hand-written message through ‘messenger’ Manpreet.Photo Credit: Ateet Sharma “I was the brand ambassador for ‘Festival of India in Australia’ event when the Indian PM visited Australia. I have know the Australian PM for long and, because cricket is loved equally in both the countries, he sent this bat as a gift for Mr. Modi through me,” Manpreet told India Today.Abbott writes on the bat: “To Narendra, it was an honour to work closely with you to strengthen the historic ties between our countries. I will always cherish our friendship.”advertisementSingh, who works as a mall manager, is actively involved in NRI events down under. These days, he and his cousin travel from Faridabad to Delhi with a hope of finding a way to meet Modi.”We contacted the PMO but they mailed back saying that the PM has an extremely busy schedule and thus cannot meet. There was an option given – that of handing over the bat to Sports Minister Vijay Goel – but we will only give this to Modiji. That is the reason why I have booked a one-way ticket from Sydney this time. I won’t go back without taking his blessings,” he says.Singh is also carrying with him photos of Abbott signing the bat and also a letter from Australian politician Kevin Conolly addressed to PM Modi mentioning that Abbott’s choice of a bat as a gift is “an especially appropriate one in the context of our two nations’ shared passion for cricket.” Conolly also adds in his letter that he “sincerely hopes” that Manpreet has this opportunity to gift this bat to PM Modi “in person.”  Till that actually happens, Manpreet and his cousin plan to carry their vigil at the Vijay Chowk.last_img read more

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  • CAMARGO-FLORES ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA

    first_imgA DAKOTA CITY WOMAN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE APRIL 8TH FATAL STABBING OF A SIOUX CITY WOMAN HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN THE CASE.A WRITTEN PLEA WAS FILED BY THE ATTORNEY FOR 20-YEAR-OLD MELISSA CAMARGO-FLORES.CAMARGO-FLORES IS CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF 24-YEAR-OLD KENIA ALVAREZ-FLORES OUTSIDE OF THE VICTIM’S HOME IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF WEST 14TH STREET.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT CAMARGO-FLORES ADMITTED TO POLICE THAT SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VICTIM’S BOYFRIEND, AND WAITED OUTSIDE ALVAREZ-FLORES’ HOME FOR 20 MINUTES FOR HER TO COME OUT BEFORE THE ALLEGED ASSAULT.CAMARGO-FLORES REMAINS IN CUSTODY AT THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $500-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.last_img read more

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  • Why Celtic supporters are ‘The Best’

    first_imgUEFA Champions League Best fans in the world? Why Celtic supporters won FIFA award Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Celtic Fans Getty UEFA Champions League Celtic Celtic v Bayern München St. Johnstone v Celtic Premiership WTF What makes Celtic Park one of the most spectacular venues to visit in Europe? Ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Bayern Munich,Goal takes a closer look… Celtic may not quite be the continental force they once were, but one thing is certain: they officially have the greatest supporters in the world.That’s according to FIFA anyway, who ratified the Scottish club’s fans as ‘The Best’ at their awards ceremony in London earlier this month.Celtic 15/2 to beat Bayern Munich Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Congratulations to all the Celtic supporters on receiving the very prestigious FIFA prize for being the best supporters,” enthused Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers. “It’s an honour for us to play in front of you and we really appreciate the great support we have for every single game. Let’s keep winning together!”Celtic fans beat competition from the supporters of Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen for the coveted accolade, but what is it that makes them so special?CELTIC FANS’ LISBON LIONS TRIBUTEThe show of support that won Celtic fans recognition at FIFA’s The Best awards was their stunning 360-degree stadium display in their final league outing of last season.The game, which was against Hearts, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the club’s European Cup triumph in Portugal in 1967 and Hoops fans transformed the whole of Celtic Park into a remarkable green-and-white sea in order to pay tribute to the famous ‘Lisbon Lions’..You can check out the amazing coordinated effort in the video above.UNIQUE & COLOURFUL DISPLAYSCeltic fans v PSG Champions LeagueThe vibrant coordinated displays of Hoops fans are not confined to special occasions, though they usually make an extra effort to mark milestone events in style.At nearly every game, particularly at Celtic Park, one is almost guaranteed a splash of green and white, with ultras groups such as ‘The Green Brigade’ leading the way.They even caught the attention of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor during a Champions League qualifier against Astana, with a tifo that was inspired by the Irishman.Celtic Football Club STAND UP!!!This is what die hard support from your fans looks like!What a sight! What a team!Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/txU38gCogI — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 17, 2017 As they prepared to reach the group stage of the tournament, the fans appropriated McGregor’s now famous cry that the Irish were not in the UFC to take part, but rather there to take over.”Celtic Football Club STAND UP!!!” an approving McGregor wrote on Twitter. “This is what die hard support from your fans looks like! What a sight! What a team!”That being said, certain displays have occasionally landed the club in trouble with UEFA, with overly provocative images or messages yielding fines and warnings.’YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE’As well as their penchant for their brilliantly choreographed tifo displays, Celtic fans are also known for supporting their team in full voice.While Liverpool are synonymous with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, Celtic supporters do a fine rendition of their own, an example of which came at the 2017 Scottish Cup final (above).The Irish folk song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ is another anthem that regularly rings round Parkhead.AFFINITY WITH BARCELONA & OTHER CLUBS’ FANSCamp Nou Barcelona Catalan flagsWhile Celtic share a number of intense rivalries, particularly with Rangers, they have also fostered warm relationships with several clubs, leading to remarkable shows of mutual respect.The affinity shared between fans of Barcelona and Celtic is one recent example due to the regularity of their meetings in the Champions League.Indeed, the atmosphere generated by the Bhoys in the terraces of Celtic Park has earned admiration from the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.last_img read more

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  • Tuchel ‘scared’ PSG won’t make winter signing

    first_imgThomas Tuchel said he will “sleep well” once Paris Saint-Germain sign a new player during the transfer window as he eyes reinforcements.PSG have been linked with star Napoli midfielder Allan in January, while Adrien Rabiot is set to leave the Ligue 1 champions.And Tuchel admits the difficulty of landing new players during the winter has him nervous. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “[Sporting director] Antero [Henrique] and the president said that I would have a recruit and I trust them,” he told reporters after Saturday’s comfortable Ligue 1 win over Amiens. “But, in the same time, I’m afraid [of not having one]. I know that the transfer window in winter is complicated.”I hope [a new player will arrive], but I’m scared too [to not have him]. When I get this recruit, I’ll sleep well.”PSG bounced back from their shock Coupe de la Ligue elimination by defeating 10-man Amiens, despite the absence of superstar Neymar.Neymar – who has been linked with a sensational return to La Liga champions Barcelona – was rested but PSG still reigned supreme thanks to Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe after the midweek defeat to Guingamp.”It was the best answer, and necessary. Against Guingamp, it was weird, but we lost it,” Tuchel said. “We missed some things and today we have played with a lot of qualities mentally.FT: Three goals and three points for @PSG_English   @AmiensSC as this season’s unbeaten run extends to 18 games! #ASCPSG pic.twitter.com/lKH8Dm21ps — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 12, 2019  “We started strong for 30 minutes, then we lost a little bit, and in the second half we exchanged [Julian] Draxler and Dani Alves, that was very good, and I’m very happy. It’s our challenge to find the solutions against defensive teams, but there’s been a lot of effort. “Sometimes it’s hard for the team to win all the time and stay focused. It’s like that in a big club, but it’s never easy to find the motivation. The team showed it all season and Guingamp was an exception.” PSG return to the pitch next Saturday to face Guingamp, with the Paris side looking to extend their sizable lead atop the Ligue 1 table.last_img read more

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  • Berizzo admits there is no easy way to stop Messi

    first_imgLionel Messi must be stopped by a collective effort from Paraguay in Wednesday’s crunch Copa America clash, according to their head coach Eduardo Berizzo.Both teams endured disappointing starts to the continental showpiece, with Paraguay letting a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw against Qatar, while Argentina were abject in a 2-0 loss to Colombia.Paraguay conceded two goals within ten minutes after the hour mark to draw the game, and their head coach is fully aware of the task that now lies ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Berizzo’s side face Argentina next, before their final group game against Colombia. Argentina meanwhile sit bottom of Group B after one game, and end their group campaign against Qatar.As his quest for major honours with his country trudges on, Argentina will again look to Messi for inspiration, and former Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao boss Berizzo concedes there is no easy solution when it comes to tackling the Barcelona superstar.”To annul a player like Messi is not an individual task, it is a collective task,” he told reporters ahead of taking on his native country.”When you try to neutralise him, he opens the way [for others]. So the question is not centred only on him, but on the possibilities that are generated from him for other players.”Paraguay’s late collapse against Qatar stung Berizzo and he wants to see a response from his players, particularly in terms of game management when they are in possession.”We have talked about what happened and what we have to improve,” he added.”That is control of the ball and [making sure] that the process of the match does not escape us depending on the result.”We have to sustain the plan from beginning to end.”last_img read more

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  • Genco Reaches Deal to Sell 10th Ship

    first_imgNYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has entered into an agreement to sell the 1998-built Handymax vessel Genco Carrier.Featuring 47,180 dwt, the bulk carrier will be sold for net proceeds of USD 3.5 million, slightly over the ship’s market value of USD 3.08 million.Genco said that the sale of the 185-meter-long vessel, subject to customary closing conditions in the agreement, is expected to take place following the expiration of the bulker’s current time charter between February 10 and March 15, 2017.Genco Carrier is the last of the ten ships the company had previously identified as candidates to be sold.The shipping firm expects to realize total net proceeds of USD 29.2 million from the sale of the ten vessels.As of December 31, 2016, the company had delivered five of these vessels to their new owners, realizing net proceeds of USD 13.6 million.One additional vessel was delivered in January, for which the company realized net proceeds of USD 3.1 million, while the remaining four vessels are set to be delivered to their new owners by June 30, 2017.Following the closing of the company’s USD 400 million credit facility, “these vessels do not constitute collateral under any of the company’s facilities, and the remaining proceeds are therefore not required to be applied towards the repayment of debt under such facilities upon sale,” Genco informed.last_img read more

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  • Musquodoboit Valley Residents Receiving Better Care Sooner at Seventh CEC

    first_img Collaborative emergency centres are now open in Middle Musquodoboit, Musquodoboit Harbour, Parrsboro, Springhill, Tatamagouche, Pugwash and Annapolis Royal. CECs are also planned for Lunenburg and New Waterford and more communities will be announced in the coming months. Other provinces are following Nova Scotia’s progressive and innovative approach to health care. Saskatchewan announced it will implement a similar model after visiting the CEC in Parrsboro, and Prince Edward Island is also looking into adopting the model. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner. access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurses, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments emergency care from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. emergency care from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. through 911 services. Nova Scotians living in the Musquodoboit Valley area are benefiting from same-day or next-day medical appointments and stable access to emergency care with the province’s newest collaborative emergency centre at the Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital. Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson joined representatives from Capital District Health Authority in Middle Musquodoboit today, Aug. 13, to officially open the province’s seventh CEC. “Nova Scotians in rural areas need to know that they have reliable access to the care they need,” said Mr. Wilson. “CECs like the one in Musquodoboit Valley are an innovative solution helping the province deliver on its commitment to providing better care sooner.” Since Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital adopted the CEC model of care in March, more than 600 patients have received better care sooner because of same-day or next-day access to their primary health care team, as well as stable access to emergency care. The CEC serves Musquodoboit Valley and surrounding areas, including Elderbank, Middle Musquodoboit and Upper Musquodoboit. “It has helped us to provide more timely care for patients,” said Dr. Barry Giffin. “Patients are able to see a family physician that day for urgent health care needs that require prompt treatment seven days a week.” Amanda Whitewood, vice-president of sustainability and chief financial officer, Capital Health, said the CEC is benefiting patients in the Capital District. “We are pleased to have a second Collaborative Emergency Centre in our district that is providing consistent and reliable care for the citizens of the Musquodoboit Valley area,” said Ms. Whitewood. “Over the last few months, patients have had improved access to family physicians for urgent care.” Services at the collaborative emergency centre include:last_img read more

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  • Tech CEOs say Liberal innovation agenda does little to help firms scale

    first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government’s big-ticket efforts to support high-growth tech firms are offering little for emerging companies that have already outgrown the fledgling start-up phase, according to a new survey of CEOs in Canada’s sector.The insights are among the early findings of a three-year research project focused on properly defining mid-sized “scale-up” firms, outlining what prevents them from growing into big companies in Canada and ensuring they’re central to policy discussions.“Scale-ups do not see their interests reflected in the federal innovation agenda,” said a document summarizing the opinions of executives at 48 of these firms during interviews last summer. The research is a collaboration between industry and the University of Toronto.The research is partly funded by Toronto-based tech company Delvinia. Adam Froman, the firm’s founder and CEO, said he’s made use of many different federal programs over the last 20 years — and has seen the gaps for scale-ups.The problem, he said, is that without ongoing support, made-in-Canada firms are being purchased by foreign entities, which also gobble up valuable intellectual property Ottawa helped pay for.“We’re exiting too early and the government doesn’t recognize it,” Froman said.Ottawa, he said, remains focused on helping firms with annual revenues under $10 million a year, when it should continue its supports for the “most-at-risk companies” bringing in between $10 million and $100 million per year.“If we can actually help more companies become $50-million companies, $100-million companies and stay in Canada, this will have a material impact on the future of Canada’s economic prosperity,” he said.Froman added that scale-ups are looking for continued support beyond financial help and “handouts.” For instance, he said the government could do a better job promoting “Canada House” as a space where Canadian firms can host events in the United Kingdom and ensuring federal agencies are agile enough to provide advice and services for fast-growing companies like Delvinia.Since taking power in 2015, the federal Liberals have made big bets in hope of lifting Canada’s fast-growing sectors. Ottawa wants Canada to produce global-scale firms that will generate long-term growth and create lots of jobs.Among the measures, Ottawa has dedicated $950 million worth of public funding towards five tech “superclusters,” created a $100-million program to make the federal government a bigger customer of domestic firms’ innovative products and made changes designed to entice foreign, high-level talent to move to Canada.But CEOs interviewed for the survey, taken between June and September, said despite Ottawa’s efforts federal policy has mostly focused on helping smaller, start-up firms.“I think there’s a lot of frustration,” said Steven Denney, the researcher at University of Toronto’s Innovation Policy Lab behind the study. “I think a lot of the frustration stems from what I would say is a perceived lack of recognition.”For example, the summary said CEOs wanted government to give more opportunities to domestic firms when it comes to procurement.Denney said there’s a lack of data about companies in this scale-up category, which the project is also trying to properly define as way to frame policy debate. As he zeros in on a definition, Denney said these firms should have at least $10 million in revenue and between 60 and 65 employees and be considered high-growth according to OECD standards.“If we can’t define it, we can’t talk about it,” he said.The federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development could not immediately provide a response to questions about the findings.In a September report, an advisory group assembled by the department that included industry leaders said Canada has a strong entrepreneurial culture and startup capacity — but that it underperforms when it comes to scaling up companies.“The problem is that government programs tend to focus on entrepreneurs and small-and medium-sized enterprises,” said the economic strategy report on digital industries. The report said the government must refocus some of its programs to help high-performing scale-ups grow into global firms.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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  • Diaspora against stability in Lanka

    The Sri Lankan minister said the main reason behind the conflict between Tamil and Sinhalese was cultural gap between the two races, not the economic disparity.Peiris said Sri Lanka has been able to maintain 8% economic growth after the conflict. Peiris claimed that more Tamil political leaders were killed than the Sinhalese leaders by LTTE during the conflicts. From 1983, there was an intermittent insurgency against the Sri Lankan government by the LTTE (also known as Tamil Tigers), a separatist militant organisation which fought to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island. After a 26-year military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, bringing the civil war to an end. External Affairs Minister G L Peiris said that Tamil diasporas are still ‘rigid’ against stability in Sri Lanka even after the end of 26 years of military conflict in the South Asian nation.“During the conflict, there was also fear of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) among the Tamils living inside Sri Lanka,” he said while presenting a paper titled ‘Equity, Opportunity and Empowerment, A South Asian Perspective’ during a discussion in the Bangladesh capital yesterday. “Our army is still involved in rehabilitation works like construction of houses and markets in the conflict torn areas,” he said.At present, the major income generating source of Sri Lankan economy is tourism as the sector has flourished tremendously after establishment of peace, he added. (Gulf Times) read more

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  • Israels central bank gives goahead to new digital bank

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s central bank says it has granted a pair of high-profile entrepreneurs a license to open the country’s first all-digital bank.The first new bank to be established in Israel in 40 years, it is the brainchild of tech executives Marius Nacht, who co-founded Check Point Software Technologies, and Amnon Shashua, who co-founded Mobileye, the developer of self-driving vehicle technologies.The Bank of Israel says Tuesday that the as yet-unnamed bank will have no branches and provide digital services to households, including providing credit, receipt of deposits and providing securities purchasing and sales services.Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron says the digital bank model has begun operating in other countries. He expressed hope the new bank would “lead to increased competition and the advancement of innovation in banking in Israel.”The Associated Press read more

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  • Bank of Canada caught off guard by surprisingly weak data deputy says

    OTTAWA — Doubts raised this week by the Bank of Canada about future interest-rate hikes and its prediction of a longer slump came after governing council was caught off guard by surprisingly weak data in a recent report, one of its top officials said Thursday.In prepared remarks of a speech in Hamilton, deputy governor Lynn Patterson said the Bank of Canada’s policy-makers had been expecting a growth slowdown in the energy sector over the final three months of 2018, particularly after the oil-price drop late in the year.But governing council members had not been anticipating Statistics Canada’s economic report last Friday to show a sudden deceleration in other categories as well, Patterson said. Bank of Canada holds rate as longer, deeper slowdown grips economy Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada We’re getting a look at the true state of Canada’s economy — and it’s no world beater The Bank of Canada maintained its trend-setting interest rate at 1.75 per cent Wednesday, as expected.However, in an accompanying statement, the bank expressed considerable doubts about the timing of future increases and warned the first half of 2019 is on track to post weaker-than-expected results.“Although we figured the economy was in for a detour at the end of last year, that detour may wind up being longer than we had expected,” she said in the speech, which was to be delivered to the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.“While the anticipated slowdown from the energy sector was fairly aligned with our projections, other categories surprised.”Patterson and her fellow decision-makers were confronted by unexpectedly soft fourth-quarter numbers in the areas of business investment, exports and household spending, she said.She repeated a line from the central bank’s statement Wednesday that said there was “increased uncertainty” about the timing of future rate hikes.Many analysts don’t expect the central bank to raise the benchmark until at least late 2019 — and some have started to suggest a rate cut could arrive before the next increase.The bank’s policy decision and statement this week also came after governing council factored in the slowing global economy, which has been affected by trade tensions — particularly those between the United States and China — and other uncertainties, Patterson added.“Some major central banks have changed their communications in recognition of softer global economic momentum,” she said before offering a hint of the closed-door deliberations behind the decision.“Here at home, Canadian data are reflecting this slower global momentum. In that regard, governing council spent a lot of time discussing the national accounts data for the fourth quarter of last year.”Looking ahead, however, Patterson said the Bank of Canada is optimistic that economic growth will build new momentum in the second half of 2019, thanks in large part to the still-strong employment conditions and improving wages. read more

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  • Stocks surge buyers descend on beaten down shares hope for QE relief

    Stocks surge: buyers descend on beaten down shares, hope for QE relief TORONTO – The Toronto stock market charged ahead for a second day Friday, racking up a strong tripled-digit advance as traders bought up stocks badly beaten down over the course of a string of market jolts and amid speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve might extend a key stimulus program.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 174.71 points to 14,227.68, leaving the TSX little changed since last Friday after six weeks of punishing losses that, at its worst at mid-week, saw the Toronto market down 12 per cent from the recent highs of early September.“You often see these reactionary bounces back up,” said Chris King, a portfolio manager at Morgan Meighen and Associates.It’s too soon to call an end to the pullbacks seen on the TSX and New York markets — something King said was necessary.“Equity markets valuations were becoming a bit stretched for core earnings. And core earnings I think are still intact but you don’t want equity markets to be too far away from them on a valuation basis and I think this is all good,” he said. “We’re very happy to see this correction finally happen.”The Canadian dollar shed 0.22 of a cent to 88.68 cents US amid data showing Canada’s cost of living was up 0.2 per cent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis after increasing 0.1 per cent in August.U.S. indexes also registered solid gains as traders reacted to comments by St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank president James Bullard that the Fed should consider delaying the end of its massive bond purchase program, given declining inflation expectations.The quantitative easing program is set to finish at the end of this month and has been one of the reasons for the recent volatility on markets that has slashed the value of stocks across the board. The program has been credited with keeping long-term rates low and fuelling a strong rally on stock markets over the last few years.Positive earnings news from General Electric and Morgan Stanley and rising consumer confidence also helped push the Dow Jones industrials up 263.17 points to 16,380.41. The Nasdaq ran ahead 41.05 points to 4,258.44 and the S&P 500 index advanced 24 points to 1,886.76 as the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index for October came in at 86.4, beating expectations for a read of 84.U.S. markets have so far avoided formally falling into correction, defined as a drop of 10 per cent from recent highs, but that could change. Losses this week left the Dow down five per cent since Sept. 19 while the S&P 500 has fallen 6.5 per cent. Both indexes had been at or close to record levels and a correction had been widely expected since there hadn’t been a retracement in three years.Beyond the end of QE, traders have also been unnerved over a recent run of data pointing to economic weakness practically everywhere except the United States.The TSX is still down about nine per cent from its September highs.Most TSX sectors were positive Friday as traders moved into areas that have been hard hit as the market moved into correction territory this week.Financials were a major gainer, up two per cent.The energy sector was up 1.3 per cent Friday on top of a three per cent rise Thursday as oil prices in New York inched up five cents to US$82.75 a barrel.The component is still down about 16 per cent for the last month as oil prices fell from the US$95 a barrel level to bounce off the $80 mark on Thursday.Rising rail stocks helped push the industrials sector ahead two per cent.December copper was up two cents at US$3 a pound and the base metals sector gained two per cent.The gold sector was the weak link, down about three per cent as December bullion faded $2.20 to US$1,239 an ounce.For the week, the TSX was flat while the Dow industrials shed 164 points or one per cent. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 6:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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  • Greek referendum Campaigns neck and neck in polls reach dramatic finale

    by Derek Gatopoulos And Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2015 9:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece’s most important vote since it joined the European Union.More than 40,000 people gathered at the two rallies, half a mile (800 metres) apart, before Sunday’s vote on whether to accept creditors’ proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or reject the deal as a show of defiance against years of harsh economic austerity.“This is not a protest. It is a celebration to overcome fear and blackmail,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a crowd of 25,000 in front of parliament, who were chanting “oxi, oxi” — “no, no.” Tsipras angered Greece’s creditors by calling the referendum and is urging Greeks to vote no.Meanwhile, police said about 17,000 people gathered outside the nearby Panathenian stadium for the “yes” rally, waving Greek and European Union flags and chanting “Greece, Europe, Democracy.”Rallies for both campaigns were also held in 10 other Greek cities Friday.Tsipras is gambling the future of his five-month-old left wing government on Sunday’s snap poll — insisting a “no” vote will strengthen his hand to negotiate a third bailout with better terms.But the high-stakes standoff with lenders this week saw Greece default on debts, close banks to avoid their collapse, and lose access to billions of euros as an existing bailout deal expired.At the “no” rally, Athens resident Maria Antiniou held a handmade sign, reading “oxi.”“We have to strengthen Tsipras. It’s not his fault we are bankrupt,” she said.“He doesn’t have the mandate to take tougher measures and now we are giving that to him. It’s not true this is a vote on the euro. It’s a vote to change course and stay in the euro, and Tsipras is our best hope,” she said.That is a message the “yes” voters refuse believe.Evgenia Bouzala, a Greek born in Germany, said she was considering shutting down her olive oil export business because of the financial turmoil.“I don’t think we can keep going. Look at what happened in the last three days. Imagine if that lasts another six months,” she said.“A ‘yes’ vote would bring a caretaker government and that would probably be better … We have to start over.”The drama remained high in the final hours of campaigning.The country’s top court stayed in session till the late afternoon before rejecting a petition to declare the referendum illegal, while party leaders, personalities, and church elders weighed in with impassioned pleas to vote “no” or “yes” on the airwaves and social media.In a rare public declaration, 16 former armed forces leaders wrote an appeal to citizens to show “calm and national unity.”A series of polls published Friday at the end of a frantic weeklong campaign showed the two sides in a dead heat, with an incremental lead of the “yes” vote well within the margin of error.But they showed an overwhelming majority of people — about 75 per cent — want Greece to remain in the euro currency.Much of the ambiguity arises from the complicated question on the ballot paper:“Must the agreement plan submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the Eurogroup of 25 June, 2015, and comprised of two parts which make up their joint proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled ‘reforms for the completion of the current program and beyond’ and the second ‘Preliminary debt sustainability analysis.’”Voters are asked to check one of two boxes: “not approved/no” and — below it — “approved/yes.”“People don’t even understand the question,” Athens Mayor George Kaminis told supporters at the “yes” rally.“We have been dragged into a pointless referendum that is dividing the people and hurting the country.”Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Ireland’s RTE radio Friday that an agreement with creditors “is more or less done” and that the only issue left is debt relief.But the head of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, rejected the idea, pointing out that negotiations had been broken off.“There are no new proposals from our side and, whatever happens, the future for Greece will be extremely tough,” Dijsselbloem said.“To get Greece back on track and the economy out of the slump, tough decisions will have to be taken and every politician that says that won’t be the case following a ‘no’ vote is deceiving his population.”Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble told his country’s Bild daily that any negotiations after the Greek vote “will take a while.”No campaigning is allowed the day before an election in Greece, so Friday’s rallies were the closing salvoes in the battle to persuade voters ahead of Sunday.___Online: Official referendum website http://www.referendum2015gov.gr/en/___Elena Becatoros and Costas Kantouris in Athens, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Michael Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report People attend a rally organized by supporters of the No vote in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece’s referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday’s vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris) Greek referendum: Campaigns, neck and neck in polls, reach dramatic finale read more

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  • Yemen UN migration agency reports displacement spike in Taiz Governorate

    For nearly 20 months, Taiz has been the centre of intense ground clashes, military confrontations and aerial strikes between warring parties in Yemen.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has initiated a system to track displacement from the major port city of Al Mokha, as accurate data is essential to plan an effective, efficient and impactful humanitarian response.So far, at least 25,000 individuals have been reported as displaced from Al Mokha, according to IOM. “This much-needed data has enabled the entire humanitarian community in Yemen to increase the amount and accuracy of vital support and protection it provides to affected populations,” said IOM Yemen Chief of Mission Laurent de Boeck in a press release. Since the start of the conflict in March 2015, IOM has tracked up to 426,672 internally displaced persons and 78,258 returnees in the governorate of Taiz. Earlier this week, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Coordinator, who is currently undertaking a mission in Yemen said that in an around Ibb and Taiz, he had met with families to hear their horrific stories of displacement.“Running from violence, bombings and shelling, these people from Taiz and Mocha had left with nothing. It is now ordinary Yemenis, host communities and humanitarian actors providing lifesaving assistance and protection,” he said in a news release, stressing that with so many people malnourished and sick, aid is not enough.“One thing is clear, though: there are no military solutions to this terrible conflict. Only sustainable peace can bring about the solutions, hope and future of Yemenis. I call on all parties to the conflict to come together and make peace. That is the best humanitarian assistance,” he said. read more

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  • Edmonton Oilers acquire forward Valentin Zykov off waivers

    EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Valentin Zykov off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.The 23-year-old native of St. Petersburg, Russia has appeared in 13 games for Carolina this season, posting three assists and a  plus-minus rating of minus-1. He has also appeared in six games with the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, scoring two goals with 16 penalty minutes.The six-foot, 220-pound forward has appeared in a total of 25 NHL games with Carolina, posting 11 points (four goals, seven assists), two penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.Zykov was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft. He led the AHL with 33 goals in 2017-18.Internationally, he played for Russia at the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden, winning a bronze medal.The Canadian Press read more

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  • Football Former Ohio State wide receiver Terry Glenn dies in car accident

    Former Ohio State and NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn was killed in a car accident Monday morning, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. He was 43 years old. The accident was reportedly a single-car wreck on Highway 114 in Irving, Texas. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Glenn was pronounced dead by the Parkland Memorial Hospital at 12:52 a.m.Glenn originally joined the Buckeyes as a walk-on. He did not play his true freshman season of 1992, but played in every season from 1993-95. He was drafted seventh overall by the New England Patriots in the 1996 draft. He spent 12 seasons in the NFL with six seasons spent on the Patriots, a season with the Green Bay Packers and five with the Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 2007. read more

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  • Extraordinary expectations awaiting Ohio State football

    It’s hard to imagine there being more hype surrounding the Ohio State football program than there is right now. Coming off an undefeated season in 2012, the expectations for the 2013 Buckeyes are to be better than they were a year prior. Nearly all of the ridiculously early preseason polls have OSU ranked somewhere in the top five. Braxton Miller – who appeared on this week’s cover of “Sports Illustrated” – is one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy, despite being on the list with last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Anything short of an undefeated regular season, a victory in the Big Ten championship and an appearance in the National Championship game will likely be construed as a failure for Urban Meyer and his squad this year. Perfection, after achieving it in 2012, is the goal for OSU in Meyer’s second season at the helm of the program. It’s March, though, and no one – not even juggernaut Alabama – is perfect right now. There are plenty of questions that OSU will start trying to answer come Tuesday, the first day of spring practice. Here are five: 1. Is OSU still angry? With the 2012 Buckeyes ineligible for the postseason, Meyer chose to motivate his players last season by telling them to take their fury out on the teams OSU faced. “You’re an angry football team. You’re a hungry football team,” Meyer was heard saying on “ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days” last August. This season, though, Meyer, will have to go about getting his team focused and motivated differently than he did a year ago. Is the drive for a national championship better inspiration than the rage and “shock the world” mentality the Buckeyes had on way to a 12-0 season in 2012? 2. How much better will Braxton Miller be? Like the team itself, it will be hard for Miller to be much better than he was in 2012. The then-sophomore quarterback broke OSU’s total yards record for a season and was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year. Miller and his coach, however, see plenty of room for improvement. Fundamentals and footwork are the key for the rising junior, Meyer and Miller both have said. “If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. I think it’ll be comical what he’ll do,” Meyer said. “But he’s not there yet.” How much closer has Miller gotten to getting there? 3. Who are the leaders? Meyer called the 2012 senior class one of his favorite groups of players he’s ever coached. Along with being close to Meyer’s heart, they were the most important leaders of the team. Without the leadership of John Simon, Zach Boren and co., OSU wouldn’t have achieved anything close to an undefeated year last season, Meyer said. Who will fill that role this season? Rising redshirt senior Jordan Hall was a captain in 2012 despite being injured for most of the year, and Meyer has said he’ll be a captain again. Apart from the speedy playmaker, Miller, rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier are likely candidates for captaincy. 4. Who’s Miller going to get the ball to? OSU gained 5,085 yards of offense in 2012, and 93 percent of that output is returning. The Buckeyes are only losing 370 yards with the graduation of wide receiver Jake Stoneburner, fullback Boren, punter Ben Buchanan (gained six yards on a fake punt) and the transfer of wide receiver Verlon Reed. Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith, along with tailback Carlos Hyde, were Miller’s favorite targets in 2012. Will that change in 2013? Hall, now healthy, is likely to be featured heavily in the upcoming season’s offense. He’s made the move from running back to the “No. 3” hybrid role made famous by former Florida playmaker Percy Harvin. Meyer brought in a top three recruiting class that featured speedy talent at nearly every skill position. Incoming freshman wide receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith, along with running back Ezekiel Elliott, could all see the field come fall. None of those five will be on campus in time for spring ball, though, but come August they could push the upperclassmen. Is Miller excited for the crop of offensive talent OSU will display this season? “Heck yeah,” Miller responded when asked about the situation at an OSU men’s basketball game against Northwestern in February. 5. Will OSU make the jump other programs have in year two of a new system? Meyer is now in his second season at the helm of the OSU football program. In year two at Florida, Meyer won a national championship. So did Jim Tressel in his second year at OSU, as did Bob Stoops in his second season at Oklahoma. Are this season’s Buckeyes capable of winning it all in year two of the Meyer System? We’ll find out in the fall, but if it’s going to happen, we might get glimpses of the possibility starting Tuesday. read more

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  • National Television Awards Ant and Dec the big winners after tough summer

    first_imgAccepting the award, Sir David urged the audience at London’s O2 Arena to “protect our beautiful world”. Anthony 'Ant' McPartlin and Declan 'Dec' Donnelly (right) attending the National Television Awards 201 Acknowledging his cameramen and women he said: “These are the people who should be holding this but I know they would be joining me in what we were all trying to do was raise an issue which is of great importance not only to this country but worldwide.”It’s what we are doing to our planet. If our television programmes have helped stir the consciences of people around the world and that we are to do something to protect our beautiful world then all of us would be very pleased.” Ant and Dec react to winning the TV Presenter award #NTAs #NTAs2018 pic.twitter.com/Om8dWQBm4b— National TV Awards (@OfficialNTAs) January 23, 2018 As the ceremony began airing on ITV, the Britain’s Got Talent hosts revealed on Twitter they were still en route and watching the opening on an iPad.Photos from the red carpet saw them dashing into the ceremony where their Saturday Night Takeaway show was handed the first ever Bruce Forsyth Entertainment prize ahead of The Graham Norton Show, All Round to Mrs Brown’s and Celebrity Juice. Broadchurch beat off competition from Line Of Duty, Sherlock and Little Boy Blue in the crime drama category with star – and the new star of Doctor Who – Jodie Whittaker dedicating the win to survivors of sexual assault.Emmerdale beat Hollyoaks, EastEnders and Coronation Street to win the serial drama prize while the soap’s Danny Walters took home the best newcomer prize.Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon claimed the serial drama performance while Peter Kay’s Car Share won the comedy show award with the comedian “gutted” to not be at the ceremony according to his co-star Sian Gibson.Kay announced in December that he had to cancel his first live tour in eight years due to “unforeseen family circumstances”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paul O’Grady speaks to Roman Kemp about his award for For The Love of Dogs #NTAs #NTAs2018 pic.twitter.com/hN2qMx6Oe9— National TV Awards (@OfficialNTAs) January 23, 2018 Anthony ‘Ant’ McPartlin and Declan ‘Dec’ Donnelly (right) attending the National Television Awards 201Credit:PA Ant and Dec were the big winners at the National Television Awards as they collected their 17th presenting prize in a row.The duo – who were making their first public appearance since Ant McPartlin announced he was splitting from his wife – also won the inaugural Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award in memory of the late all-rounder who died in 2017.McPartlin said winning this “really means a lot” following a “tough 12 months” and thanked “best mate” Dec Donnelly for helping him through it.He said: “It’s been a tough year for me personally, quite an emotional night so to kind of top it off with three awards has been … can I have a lie down now? I’m feeling very good thank you.”On Dec he said: “I love working with him and that was the one thing … I had a very tough summer last summer, I had to face up to a lot of things and my one thing was just getting back to work and getting back to work with my best mate, we done it.” Gibson said: “Obviously I have got to say thank you so much to Mr Peter Kay.”He is gutted he can’t be here tonight but he sends his love and he is going to be over the moon so we’re going to go and phone him.”The NTAs are voted for by the public and have been running since 1995. The pair’s work on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! was the first win of the night with the pair almost missing their victory speech after being caught in traffic. McPartlin said it felt “very, very apt” to pick up the award on Tuesday evening as the duo had just begun filming a tribute to Sir Bruce.Donnelly said they were “thrilled and proud and honoured” to collect the award on the same stage where they had performed alongside Sir Bruce at the opening of a previous NTAs.Sir Bruce was also remembered by his former Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly as the dancing competition was handed the prize for best talent show.Collecting the prize, Daly said: “I’d like to dedicate this award to my friend and yours the one and only Sir Bruce Forsyth. And I would like to say thank you for the memories.”Other winners on the night included Paul O’Grady who received a special recognition award for his ITV show, For The Love Of Dogs, and the Sir David Attenborough-narrated Blue Planet II which received the impact award.last_img read more

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